OpenCL: Simulation And Function Results
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When we add another synthetic benchmark to our suite, we want it to give us a broader picture of the tasks that developers might use OpenCL to accelerate. You may already be familiar with the two simulations and two mathematical functions that make up the next set of tests.
AMD's Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and the older GeForce GTX 580 do well in this benchmark. Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan and 680 fall far behind. Even the Quadro 6000 catches the far more powerful Titan board.
The GeForce GTX 580’s excellent performance shows that not all of Nvidia’s gaming cards struggle with this benchmark.
The tables turn a bit. Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan almost manages to keep up with the more powerful FirePro and Radeon cards. At the end of the day, though, the FirePro W9000 enjoys a decisive victory over AMD's Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition thanks to a superior memory subsystem (and in spite of the gaming card's higher core clock rate).
AMD's cards really stick it to Nvidia's line-up. The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition takes the crown, followed by a number of FirePro boards. The nearest GeForce card shows up in sixth place, while the highest-ranked Quadro is in the bottom half of this chart.
And the tables turn again. After AMD’s victory in the last benchmark, Nvidia has its turn to dominate. Modern GeForce cards are almost twice as fast as AMD's Radeon family when it comes to Mandelbulb rendering, and the Quadro cards dominate their FirePro competition.